Our Blessed Beginnings

Blessed Beginnings Community Early Learning Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization developed by Chief Executive Officer, Patricia Deravil and Chief Executive Director, Denise Richardson, M.Ed.  Patricia and Denise met on a divine intervention from God and knew they were destined to be partners.  The two women share the same passion about not only educating caregivers and children but community involvement as well as parents and teachers as partners in a child's life.  

Mission & Philosophy



The mission of Blessed Beginnings Community Early Learning Center is to provide a quality early learning experience in a safe, nurturing, home like environment for the children and families in its surrounding communities, by enriching their minds, giving nourishment to their bodies, and offering love and kindness to each child we serve.  



The philosophy of Blessed Beginnings Community Early Learning Center is based on the belief that children and families in low-income neighborhoods should have access to a quality early education with a clean, safe, nurturing environment that fosters love, while developing skills in each individual child.  The added convenience of ensuring children are left in a quality learning environment helps to alleviate stress on parents and leads to success.  Blessed Beginnings CELC believes that all children should have the opportunity to learn and be given such opportunity by providing positive environment and offering programs that support their physical health, social emotional development, cognitive abilities, language, literacy and communication skills, and their approaches to learning.  Children best learn when their individual needs are a focus, with all parents, teachers, caregivers, practitioners, and administrators working as a team, accepting and meeting children where they are in their development, by assessing their achievement levels, and developing individual plans and support.  


“Most people in this world run after higher pays, better perks, or bigger promotions.  You are courageous enough to run after your dreams and passion."

Tanya Hancock


"It takes a big heart to shape little minds.  Thank you for all that you do."

CiCi Reyes


Our Founders

Patricia Deravil, Chief Executive Officer


Patricia Deravil is a loving mother and grandmother who holds family near and dear to her heart.  Patricia started Blessed Beginnings Preschool Academy 6 years ago to help care for her grandchildren and offer support to the community.  Pat has owned and operated Blessed beginnings with a kind heart and a desire to change the lives of small children.  During her time at Blessed Beginnings, Patricia has opened her heart to the community by feeding the homeless and giving assistance the the families at the center through referrals and resources.  Pat is passionate about sharing her testimony and connecting children and families to Christ.  

Denise Richardson, M.Ed., Chief Executive Director


Denise Richardson has worked in the early childhood field for over 25 years.  She has built her career in transforming and restructuring child care centers in need of rehabilitation.  Denise Richardson has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Trinity International University, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from American Intercontinental University.  Denise is completing her Doctor of Education in Early Childhood Education in 2019 and plans to take the Board Certification for a Behavioral Analyst.  Denise is passionate about teaching adults developmentally appropriate practices as she also serves as an instructor for various colleges and universities.  Her philosophy on early learning is that all children deserve a quality education, which starts with quality educators.   

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